Greta Stoddart, A B Jackson and Cheryl Pearson with music from Liam Byrne and Andy Hulme 13 May 2017

Our next event will feature poets Greta Stoddart, A B Jackson, and Cheryl Pearson with music from Liam Byrne and Andy Hulme. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, time 2.30-4.00.

This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.

Greta Stoddart

Greta Stoddart was born in Oxfordshire. Her first collection At Home in the Dark (Anvil) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2002.Her second book, Salvation Jane, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2008. She was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 2012. Her third book, Alive Alive O (Bloodaxe, 2015), was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016. She lives in Devon and teaches for the Poetry School and the Arvon Foundation

A B Jackson

A.B. Jackson’s first book, ‘Fire Stations’, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2003. His latest collection is ‘The Wilderness Party’ (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University, and currently works at Cambridge University Library.

Cheryl Pearson

Cheryl Pearson lives and writes in Manchester. Her poems have appeared in publications including The Guardian, Envoi, Crannog, High Window, and Southword. In 2016, she won the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature, and won third prize in Bare Fiction Magazine’s national poetry competition. She was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her first full collection, “Oysterlight”, was published in March 2017 by Pindrop Press.

Liam Byrne and Andy Hulme

Saxophonist Liam Byrne studied at Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music winning several awards, including the Dave Cooper Memorial Prize for Jazz Saxophone and the ‘Spud Murphy’ Saxophone Prize. He has performed alongside leading British jazz musicians including Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather, Bruce Adams and Dave O’Higgins. He also co-leads a band with trumpeter Jamie Brownfield which regularly performs across the country at jazz clubs and festivals. Liam has a growing reputation as a torchbearer of the jazz tenor saxophone tradition, with a warm sound and understated aproach inspired by the likes of Lester Young and Ben Webster.

Guitarist Andy Hulme can be heard in various line-ups across Liverpool, Manchester and the North West, including two bands with saxophonist Liam Byrne, and has a long association with North Wales Jazz, performing regularly at concerts and festivals with many internationally renowned musicians including US guitarists Howard Alden and Jack Wilkins, the UK’s John Etheridge and saxophonists Scott Hamilton and Art Themen.

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